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Phoenix trial date set for NBA players accused of assault

In this Dec. 6, 2014, file photo, Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris (11) and Marcus Morris (15) talk to a referee during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

PHOENIX — An Aug. 21 trial date has been set for NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris, who allegedly assaulted a man outside a Phoenix recreation center two years ago.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials announced the trial date Friday.

The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015.

Hood told Phoenix police that he was repeatedly punched and kicked while sustaining a fractured nose, abrasions and large bump on his head.

Hood is an acquaintance of the Morris brothers and reportedly had a falling-out with them in 2010.

The 6-foot-9 Morris twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns.

Marcus was traded to the Detroit Pistons in July 2015 and Markieff now is with the Washington Wizards.

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